DARIEN — Over the course of the pandemic, Darien residents reported a significant increase in mental health issues, a survey has found — and medical experts are calling behavioral health the town’s “most concerning health priority.”

According to Stamford Health’s latest 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment, a three-year assessment of medical needs in Stamford and Darien, Darien residents reported the largest increase in mental health issues compared with Stamford and the overall state population.

Between 2018 and 2021, the number of Darien residents who said they felt depressed or hopeless more than half of the days or every day in a two-week span jumped from 2 percent to 8 percent. Read more…